Snowmamas Holiday Gift Guide: Gear for Kids

Posted by Kristen on December 22, 2011

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As my kids get older, the long wish list of toys seems to be replaced by one or two pricey gadgets.  Their dream gift isn't always within reason, but if you are headed to the mountains this winter, why not get them a few things they will need for the trip?

The Basics

  • Helmet - Required by many ski schools.  Stay warm and dry, and start that ski resort sticker collection!

  • Goggles - Protect those eyes from snow, wind and sun.

  • Base layers, ski socks, and neck gaiters - Don't skimp here - pick these up at your local ski shop.  The good ones will last years, and keep your kids from complaining about the cold. 

  • Ski Mitts - Choose mittens over gloves, and look for ones with wrist straps. This little extra feature will help avoid the dreaded fall of the glove from the chairlift.

  • Ski jacket and ski pants, along with snow boots, hats, and regular gloves. This may seem obvious, but not if you live in a balmy climate!


Fun Stuff

  • Helmet cover - Perfect for the 6 and under set. Who doesn't want to look like a moose or three-eyed alien?

  • Hydration backpack - Great for older kids, especially if you ski at larger areas out West. Camelback makes a great lift friendly one for kids.  You get really thirsty at 8,000+ feet!

  • Two-way radios - For those kids that claim they are the only ones on earth without a cell phone (they're not, by the way).  No monthly plan with up to a 5 mile range!


Fill Those Stockings

  • Ski & snowboard DVD's - Anything by Warren Miller!

  • Pocket items - Lip balm, small sunscreen tubes, tissue packs, and of course, hand warmers. 

  • Labels - So all these great gifts don't get lost!  My favorite are Mabel's Labels  because they are waterproof and weatherproof. 

  • Cards and small games for travel. Uno anyone?

  • Gift cards or passes to mountain activities.   My kids are getting passes to the Alpine Coaster and Flying Eagle Zip Line at Park City Mountain Resort in their stockings. Or how about a pass to the local tubing hill? 


The Luxury Accessory

  • GoPro Helmet Cam - Although expensive (from $149-$299), it is supposed to be THE video camera to have on the slopes.  It's on the top of my wish list.  I've tried using other video cameras, but the result has been a frozen hand and footage that gives you motion sickness.  

Of course, that last item brings us full circle back to the expesnive gadget.  But I digress. It would make a GREAT family gift and record those ski vacation memories.  And a day on the mountain with your family is truly priceless!


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Comment posted by Amber on December 24, 2011 2:14 PM MST

6 and under for the helmet cover? I'm in trouble then because I want one!!!!!

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Comment posted by Karin on December 22, 2011 3:36 PM MST

Great ideas, especially the two-way radios - they don't cost as much to replace as a cellphone if they are damaged or lost. Thanks Kristen!

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Comment posted by Kelly on December 22, 2011 2:36 PM MST

I hope santa brings ME some of these fabulous gift items!

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Comment posted by Jennifer on December 22, 2011 1:13 PM MST

Such great suggestions for the kiddos and mom and dad too! Hope Santa brings all of the gear you have on your list Snowmama!

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